Mystery Skype -ISTE session with MIE

Please note that these are rough notes taken during the ISTE15 conference

Wendy Norman started the morning introducing Mystery Skype

The amazing capacity of Skype and videoconferencing (in the words of students)

  • gives emotional attachment to connections and learning.
  • Ultimate field trip – can travel to the other side of the world
  • Live learning – not textbook
  • Allows access to different viewpoints’
  • Get all kids especially girls in school
  • Social learning
  • Learning through conversations
  • Can do something about bettering the world
  • Making a difference in the world
  • Make for better global citizens

Mark Wood

mark wood

Mystery skype to find out where Mark Wood is going on his next expedition

Questions asked

  • In the northern hemisphere? -no
  • Is the ecosytem tundra – yes
  • Is there ocean on any part of the country – yes
  • Does the name of the country have 2 syllabus – no but are we really talking about country
  • Will you be visiting one of the US? – no
  • Will you need cold weather gear? – yes
  • Does the country belong to no-one? – second part of that is right but the first part of country?
  • Do you need a boat – no, but we might need a boatd
  • Are you going to where Santa lives? Santa lives in Lapland, so no, not going to Lapland

Answer – Russia across the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole

What I see and what I smell inspires me and I want to inspire others through technology, students can relate to us. Get students to look at what we are doing – think about our planet in a new way. Re -look at our planet.

http://www.markwoodexplorer.com/ and like it on facebook

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Join skype in education to take learning into the future

Skype Translator

Mystery Skype OneNote Book – full of resources for teachers

Hashtags:  #msftedu, #MIEEpert15, #edtech, #@NCCEchat, #ISTE2015, #edu

Teacherslifeforme: Mike Soskil, Kenya schools update

KEGODE  #Livingstone@ISTE  Twitter or FB

Shannon Miller:  Connect–examples of connecting with authors, Rainbow lo

Livingstone:

LKEGODE  #Livingstone@ISTE  Twitter or FB

Shannon Miller:  Connect–examples of connecting with authors, Rainbow loom

Hashtags:  #msftedu, #MIEEpert15, #edtech, #@NCCEchat, #ISTE2015, #edu

Teacherslifeforme: Mike Soskil, Kenya schools update

ISTE 2015

This will be the fourth time that I have attended an ISTE conference. It is one of the biggest conferences for technology teachers and offers an amazing array of learning possibilities, professional development and networking opportunities. Each year the nature of my involvement has changed from being a passive participant attending many sessions and learning my way around this huge 15000  people plus conference, to being an active presenter and organiser. This year’s conference is to be held in Philadelphia, USA from June  Following are the sessions that I am  presenting at:

Other sessions that I am helping to organise:

  • Global PLN leadership meeting PLN networking lounge 3:30-4:30pm Tuesday 30th June
  • Communities Networking Fair Sunday, June 28, 3:00–5:00 pm
    PCC Broad Street Atrium

Other sessions that I would not miss:

Special Events

Invitations

  • PLN Leaders Breakfast
    Monday, June 29, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    PCC 204C
  • VIF brunch at Philadelphia Ballroom North 10am – 12 noon

The Potential Power of Social Media

One of our school’s exciting connections this year was with Livingstone Kegode in Kenya, Africa. We met and spoke with some of his students as part of our parent information evening session for potential year 7 students in 2016. Michael Soskil from the USA was also visiting him.

Video call snapshot 61

Livingstone is a truly inspirational teacher who has connected his students from the biggest slum in Africa to the world with his laptop. In recognition of his amazing work, he was awarded a Microsoft Innovative Educator but was denied a visa to enter the USA for the conference earlier this year. Further ground work was made this year to ensure as far as humanly possible his visa would be accepted to attend ISTE 2015 – the big Technology Teachers Conference.  He would only know the success of this application today….. and again it was denied! He informed us of this circumstance via our skype group chat.

letting us know

To show the incredible spirit displayed by Livingstone, here is a follow up comment from him.

what doesnt kill hi

He received many messages of disappointment and sympathy from other members of the group. But then, the potential of proactiveness set in. Mike Soskil suggested that:-

Michael

but note that the twitter handle should be @rec54. Several of us tweeted out and almost immediately we got a response tweet back.

Richard Culatta is the head of the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

Although we can only hope that there is still some hope in getting Livingstone to ISTE, this scenario shows that power of a global community in supporting its own. Let’s hope that the visa can be reversed! If not we will use other means of ensuring Livingstone is part of the conference.

Mystery Career!

Out mystery career guest!

Our “mystery career” guest!

This is an alternative theme to the popular ‘mystery skype’ game. Year 8 students connected with a career person made possible through Skype in the Classroom.  Students had to determine what their career was through a series of questions that could only have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. As this was quite a challenging task, students prepared questions prior to the connection so that they had a foundation to work with.

They knew that they were connecting to one of the TED speakers at the TED conference in Vancouver but that was all.

Getting ready with questions, tablets etc

Getting ready with questions, tablets etc

Following are some of the prepared questions:

    1. Do you work in a team?
    2. Does your job involve a lot of mathematics?
    3. Does your job involve a lot of IT?
    4. Does your job involve a lot of science?
    5. Do you wear a uniform at work?
    6. Does your job involve international travel?
    7. Did you attend university to qualify for your present job?
    8. Will we find you and your job on face book?
    9. Does your job involve travel within your country?
    10. Do you earn more than $150,000 per year?
    11. Will we find out about your achievements on social media?
    12. If you are part of a team, does your team consist of more than 50 people?
    13. Is your working day longer than 8 hours per day?
    14. Do you drive to work?
    15. Do you catch public transport to work?
    16. Do you complete most of your work using a computer or some other electronic devise?
    17. Are there more females than males involved in your job classification?
    18. Do you plan to be in your same career in 5 years time?
    19. Have you ever appeared on TV as part of your job?
    20. Did your current job exist 15 years ago?

girls and alisa

Students took it in turns to ask either the prepared or their own impromptu questions. To my surprise one of the girls eventually asked whether our speaker was a CEO and the response was ‘yes’. Our mystery guest was Alisa Miller, CEO of Public Radio International. Alisa then proceeded to speak to the students about the journey she has taken to get to this prominent role, encouraging them to aspire to and reach their full potential.

Feedback from the students:

Sophie: I was very lucky to participate in the TED Conference. I found it very inspiring to listen to Alisa Miller I learnt that “anything is possible” and you have to work hard to get the career you want. She told us a few things about herself such as she is the CEO of an American Radio Company even though she wanted to be the speaker for a radio station.

Terri: We  had to guess  her career.  We guessed until someone asked if she was in radio. When she answered yes I remembered that CEOs work in radio, it turned out that she was the first female CEO.   

Kyra: I learnt that Alisa miller is the CEO of a American radio company and I learnt that if you put your mind to it might happen but in a different way and I also learnt that the technology doesn’t always work when you want it to.    

Kailyn:I was a part of the skype call with Ted Talks. It was really interesting and I learnt that Alisa Miller is the CEO for the American public radio. I really enjoyed listening to the story of how she went to university to learn how to be the speaker on radio but instead ended up being a CEO, which in my opinion is much better than being a speaker. I really enjoyed talking to Alisa and hope we can do more skype calls like it in the future.

Amazing! Students who are isolated geographically and culturally were able to connect and have conversations with a leading international female CEO whose work impacts on the world. Thanks to Skype in the Classroom.

Global Education Conference Leadership Team Introduction

I have been proud to be part of the Leadership Team with the Global Education conference since it’s inception. Here is a flipgrid video to introduce myself to others, share what I do in education and my experiences with the Global Education Conference.

  1. Click on this link to see my introduction. (The video would not embed into Word Press, Sorry!)
  2. Click on this link to see other members of the Global Education Leadership Team.

My introduction in text format

Hi I am Anne Mirtschin, a technology teacher from Hawkesdale P12 College a small prep to year 12 College in Australia. Technology has allowed us to breakdown our classroom walls so that we can learn with and from the world and beyond the textbook. As my students are geographically and culturally isolated, I am passionate about global education. We connect with others whenever we can and get involved in global projects wherever possible.

One day per week I partner with our Victorian Dept of Education and Training as a web conference coach.  I love to travel. I have been on the Leadership Committee for the amazing Global Education Conference since its inception. It never ceases to astound  me that I can be in a webinar with people from Africa, Nepal, the Middle East, Europe, USA, Asia etc all sharing our passion for global education. I am Communications Officer for the ISTE Global PLN, a Flat Connections, Master Skype and Global Classroom teacher.

My network is now global, my classroom is global and my students are also becoming global.

Ensuring the ‘Mystery in ‘Mystery Skype

Mystery Skype is a great way to connect with others. It covers many ‘C’s for  learning -connecting, communication, conversations, collaboration and possibly creation. It is problem based – “we dont know where this other class or guest speaker is from” and covers many other elements of engaged learning. However, it is important to ensure that the ‘mystery’ remains for as long as possible to encourage students to push their thinking and learning. Here are some tips to ensure this:-

  1. Hide the town/country from your skype ID profile. hide profile
  2. Check backgroundspaces surrounding the students or class eg posters that might state or identify where you are from and remove or cover them.
  3. As students come up to the webcamera, make sure any school logo on their uniform is covered. (They can simply cover this with their hands.)

    Hiding the school name/logo

    Hiding the school name/logo

  4. Accents and appearances cannot be disguised but do provide possible tips and hints as to where they are from should it take too long for them to work it out and they may then become restless.

What tips do you have? This mystery idea can be used with other tools as well and made into a mystery location.

Tech talk Tuesdays In Review: Personas, profiles and portraits of giftedness Part 2: Sprite the Twice Exceptional

Tech Talk Tuesdays free online webinar featured Jo Freitag as guest presenter. She is a champion of the gifted students and skillfully used her wonderful dolls, their clothing, foot wear and even dogs to give us a closer understanding of the nature of gifted students and the many personas that they may take on in the classroom.
You can see her presentation below or click on this link and view it on slideshare. Thanks Jo!